Online Worship - Sunday, January 17, 2021
Sermon: Do Good
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. Whoever does good is from God.
~ 3 John 11
This Sunday as we continue in our sermon series Three Simple Rules, we will talk about the second rule: Do Good. While this rule seems simple enough, what we also know is that knowing good isnt the same as doing good. Join us this week as we consider Gods call for us to do good in all circumstances, at all times, to all people. 

We will gather at 11 AM for online worship through Trinity’s Facebook Page and on our websiteDon’t forget to join us on ZOOM for a special time of fellowship. Click here to join!

Please register your attendance here! You can also list prayer requests as well. To be added to the Prayer Chain click here.

See below for the Order of Worship.

Click here for the Children’s Worship Bulletin.
Sunday Worship
January 17, 2021 - 11 AM
Do Good

The Order of Service
Welcome to Trinity online.
As we prepare for a time of worship, we invite you to find an intentional space in your home for worship. We encourage you to light a candle or place something that
reminds you of Trinity or your connection with God nearby. Children are invited
to take out their worship boxes to prepare for worship.

Prelude: The Prayer of St. Francis - Paul Taylor
Trinity Chancel Choir (A recording from previous years)
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; doubt, faith; despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.

Welcome and Announcements
As we light our candles in the sanctuary, I invite you to join us in lighting your own candle at home. As we place the cross in the holder, we invite you to place something that reminds you of Trinity or your connection with God in front of you.
Call to Worship: (based on 3 John 11 and Ephesians 4:25-32)

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. 
Whoever does good is from God.
Let us put away falsehood and speak truth to our neighbors,
     for we are members of one another. 
Whoever does good is from God.
Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up,
     so that your words may give grace to those who hear.
Whoever does good is from God.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Whoever does good is from God.
Hymn: O Young and Fearless Prophet - Hymnal no. 444
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Prayer of Confession and Pardon: (By Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Thou Eternal God,
     out of whose absolute power and infinite intelligence
     the whole universe has come into being,
we humbly confess that we have not loved thee
     with our hearts, souls and minds,
     and we have not loved our neighbors as Christ loved us.
We have all too often lived by our own selfish impulses
     rather than by the life of sacrificial love as revealed by Christ.
We often give in order to receive.
We love our friends and hate our enemies.
We go the first mile but dare not travel the second.
We forgive but dare not forget. 
And so as we look within ourselves,
     we are confronted with the appalling fact
     that the history of our lives is the history of an eternal revolt against you.
But thou, O God,
     have mercy upon us.
Forgive us for what we could have been but failed to be.
Give us the intelligence to know your will.
Give us the courage to do your will.
Give us the devotion to love your will.
In the name and spirit of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Passing of the Peace:
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Children’s Time: Tom Tyler
We invite the children who are worshiping at home to pay extra special attention. Each week Hannah Day Donoghue will send out Children’s Worship Bulletin for the children to do at home during this time.
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father,
     who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
     thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
     as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Solo: How Great Thou Art - arr. Lloyd Larson
Elisha Miller, soprano
O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder Consider all the works Thy hand hath made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee: How great Thou art. When through the woods and forest glades I wander And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze: And when I think that God, His Son not sparing, Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin: When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration, And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!
Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 4:25-32 - Logan Williams
25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not make room for the devil. 28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
*Gospel Lesson: Matthew 5:43-45
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: The Second Rule: Do Good
Invitation to the Offering:
We invite you to consider giving on-line or giving by text! To give on-line, click here and click on the Giving tab. To give by text, text “GIVE” to 703-783-3034. Further instructions will follow. For further information about online giving, please see the Tithes & Offering announcement below.
Offertory Prayer

All good gifts come from you, dear Lord,
     and from these riches we bring this offering.
Help us to use it for the furtherance of your purpose in this place,
     and for the benefit of those in need. Amen.
Hymn: The Voice of God Is Calling Hymnal no. 436
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Dismissal with Blessing:
During this time, children are invited to take one of the stickers and place it on your clothing to remember that you are sent into the world remembering the love of God and Jesus Christ.

Postlude: Praise God From Whom All Blessing Flow - arr. Piet Post
Music Notes

Todays Prelude: is well-loved by the choir and congregation of Trinity. It is a moving setting of a text attributed to Francis of Assisi, which speaks to all of us. It was composed by Dr. Paul Taylor in 1992 and was dedicated to the choir and Director Wes McCune. Since then, we have sung it many times: here at Trinity as well as at churches during choir retreats in Duck and Rehoboth. In Williamsburg, we chose it to conclude our concerts at Bruton Parish Church. Today we hear an audio from past years, with a photo of the choir. 
 
Today’s solo How Great Thou Art is arranged for soprano and piano by Lloyd Larson. This familiar text by Stuart K. Hine is sung to the tune that the hymn is almost-always set to -- known as O STORE GUD. This was originally triple-meter, but was adapted to 4/4 time to match Hine’s text and was first published in 1894. The origins of this hymn may be found with Swedish pastor Carl Boberg around 1886. Boberg’s inspiration is said to have come one day when he was caught in a thunderstorm on the southeastern coast of Sweden. The violence of the storm followed by the return of the sun and the singing of birds left him falling to his knees in awe. Soon he penned the nine stanzas of the original version in Swedish beginning with “O Store Gud, nar jag den varld beskader.” In 1907, Manfred von Glehn (1867-1924) translated the text from the Swedish into German. It became the hymn, “Wie gross bist du.” In 1927, a Russian version by the evangelical leader Ivan S. Prokhanoff (1896-1935) appeared in Kimvali (Cymbals), a collection published by the Baptist Press in Poland. English missionary Stuart K. Hine (1899-1989) and his wife heard the Russian version sung as a vocal duet in the Ukraine. As the Hine couple crossed into Russia, the mountain scenery brought back the memory of this song. The first three stanzas were composed while in the Carpathian Mountains. When war broke out, Hine and his wife were forced to return to England in 1939. They used the first three stanzas in evangelistic endeavors during the “Blitz years.” The fourth stanza was added after the war. Some notes by Dr. Michael Hawn   ©1949 and 1953 and this Arr. ©2011 by The Stuart Hine Trust. All rights in the USA except print rights administered by EMI CMG. Print rights administered by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, Il. 60188 All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-713613. All rights reserved.
Sunday at Trinity Church

The flowers on the altar are given to the glory of God.

Worship Online this Sunday: While we aren’t meeting in person, we will be worshiping online via livestream on Trinity’s Facebook page and through our website. Each Saturday evening, we will send out an email with links to the worship sites and the bulletin for worship that Sunday. This Sunday, we will invite you to be intentional about finding a space in your home to worship and to be truly present in a time of worship. For additional questions about how to worship online, please contact the Church Office

Fellowship Time via ZOOM on Sunday after Church: After worship this morning, we invite you to a time of fellowship via Zoom led by our Program Director Hannah Day Donoghue! This will be a time for us to connect after worship, check-in, and to have a time of conversation about worship. Click here to join. For questions, contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.

Three Simple Rules: January Sermon Series: What rules do you live by? These days there are many rules about how we are and arent supposed to act and behave. While rules are so important for keeping us safe, they can be, at times, overwhelming. Through this series, we are going to talk about three simple rules for how Christians are supposed to live. This is based off of John WesleyThree General Rules that he gave to early Methodists to govern their organization and life together. If we can make this simple commitment, it can serve as a guide for our daily lives, and help direct our actions in a way that glorifies God and enable us to serve others.

Join us for Youth Group via Zoom from 5:30-7 PM. For more information contact Hannah Day Donoghue.
Trinity Community News & Prayers

Trinity Church’s Weekly News

Volunteers Needed to Help with Food Ministry: Mission is seeking volunteers who are willing to make food deliveries to Rising Hope Mission Church on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Someone from the Mission Team will determine delivery contents and will help you load your vehicle. Sign up here. For additional questions or concerns contact Mary Gillman.

COVID-19 Vaccination Registration Information for Alexandria City Residents who are 65 years and over: If you are 65 and over, or have a condition that places you at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, please complete this registration form by clicking here. For more information contact Alexandria City Health Department.

Inaugural Prayer and Healing Service: Join Bishop Lewis, the Virginia Conference Cabinet, and the Connectional Ministries office in a time of prayer for our nation and our leaders on January 20, 2021 as President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are inaugurated. The event, “Inaugural Prayer & Healing Service,” will start at 9 AM. Join the event at this link: https://vimeo.com/500180032.

Join the Trinity Prayer Chain: During times of trial and uncertainty, we pray to grow in our faith and encourage one another. To respond to our growing prayer needs, we will be starting an email prayer chain to share our prayer concerns with one another. We will share joys as well as concerns and needs. If you are interested in being part of this prayer chain or have a prayer request, please email us here.

Centering Prayer meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Centering Prayer is a 20 minute practice to sit in quiet prayer to make ourselves open to God. A reading is shared by the leader with a short discussion prior to the prayer time. Click here to connect. For more information contact, Alva Smircina.
Giving at Trinity

How to give at Trinity:
There are three ways to give at Trinity!
1. Give online through our online donation portal.
2. Give by text at 703-783-3034. Just send a text that says Give and the Amount. 
3. If you prefer to mail in your donation, you can send a check to Trinity Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA 22302.

For further questions about how to give, visit here!

Trinity has switched our financial management system from Vanco to Breeze. If you still give through Vanco, you can access your Legacy Vanco account here. We encourage you to switch to Breeze, our new online management system as soon as you can. Please cancel your Vanco account first and then set up your new giving through Breeze. Thank you for however you give, it is all very much appreciated! For additional questions or concerns, contact the Church Office.
 
Did you know you can support Trinity UMC with a tax-free transfer from your IRA?  If you are age 72 (or 70½ before Jan 1, 2020) and have a Traditional, Rollover, SEP, or SIMPLE IRA, you are required by law to take Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) annually.  But did you know that you can use the RMD as a way to make a tax-free transfer to a charity, including Trinity UMC?  The transfer must be directly from your IRA to Trinity, and your broker can help you with this process so that you get the full tax benefit. Please notify Trinity when you authorize a transfer so that we may confirm receipt.  

Another way to provide financial support to Trinity is with a gift of stock.  Please consult with your broker and a tax adviser (prior to selling stocks intended to benefit Trinity) on how to handle to maximize the tax benefits.  But if you do decide to give stock – please contact the church help. We can provide a form for your broker or tax adviser to facilitate the transfer.  

As always, Trinity is very grateful for any gifts. It makes everything we do at Trinity possible.  If all else fails - please contact Rich McKinney. Thank you again for your giving - no matter how you give!

Sunday, January 17th ~ Do Good
      11:00 AM             Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM              Fellowship Time via Zoom
        5:30 PM              Youth Group via Zoom

Monday, January 18th ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Church Office Closed

Tuesday, January 19th
        7:00 PM              Finance Committee Meeting via Zoom
        8:00 PM              Trustees Committee Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, January 20th
        6:00 PM              Centering Prayer via Zoom

Thursday, January 21st
        8:30 PM              Chancel Choir Rehearsal via Zoom

Sunday, January 24th ~ Stay in Love with God
      11:00 AM             Worship at via Facebook Live and Trinity Website
      12:00 PM              Fellowship Time via Zoom
        5:30 PM              Youth Group via Zoom